Jessie Sholl
  • Children of Hoarders

    Jessie Sholl, age 4, with her mother Sheila. After her parents divorced, Jessie says her mother's clutter problem escalated. Even at a young age, Jessie remembers being embarrassed by the mess in the house and taking responsibility for cleaning it. At age 10, Jessie decided to move out and live permanently in her father's house. <a href="http://abc.go.com/watch/2020/SH559026/VD55138532/2020-85-children-of-hoarders">Click here to watch the full story on the latest episode of "20/20" online.</a>
    Jessie Sholl
  • Children of Hoarders

    Jason Brunet grew up in filth. He needed to keep on a fan at night so that he wouldn't hear the sound of the mice and roaches in his room. He remembers being teased by his schoolmates for his smell: the rotten odor from his mother's house would be absorbed on his clothes. His only escape was in music. Experts say that children of hoarders often need to find their own world to escape into since they have no control over their environment at home.
    Jason J Brunet
  • Children of Hoarders

    Brunet's mother Augustine is a category 5 hoarder, the worst level. In one cleanup attempt, crews removed 8,000 pounds of trash from the living room. Authorities removed Jason from the home when he was 13, and he was raised by his older sister.
    Jason J Brunet
  • Children of Hoarders

    Augustine's home was profiled and cleaned by A&E "Hoarders." The crew uncovered two mummified cats in the cleanup. Jason Brunet assisted in the cleanup, but said that he did not think his mother would be able to keep the home clean.
    Jason J Brunet
  • Children of Hoarders

    Bonnie and her daughters Paige and Blair live in this home, which is being profiled for an upcoming episode of A&E "Hoarders." Bonnie said her hoard escalated after her divorce. "It's like we woke up and wow, what happened," she told ABC's Elizabeth Vargas.
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  • Children of Hoarders

    Hoarding is often a well-kept family secret. Jessie Sholl told no one about her mother's hoarding until she was 30 years old. But despite the stigma, Sholl finally decided to share her story in "Dirty Secret," the first memoir written by a child of a hoarder.
    Kate Lacey
  • Children of Hoarders

    Because their kitchen has no running water, the girls wash dishes in the bathtub. The oldest daughter, Paige, shares a bed with her mother because her own room in uninhabitable. They often cook their meals in a microwave in the garage because their kitchen is unusable.
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  • Children of Hoarders

    Though Scholl's mother has made some progress in controlling her hoarding, she still hoards, despite her daughter's many attempts to help her clean. Sholl contracted scabies twice while cleaning her mother's home and now refuses to go inside the house. But Sholl says their relationship is now much better because she is no longer trying to change her mother's hoarding habits.
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  • Children of Hoarders

    Bonnie, Paige and Blair meet with a team of experts and a cleanup crew from the A&E show "Hoarders" to begin cleaning their home. After two days, significant progress had been made, and all three were focused on continuing the cleanup on their own and keeping the house clean.
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  • Children of Hoarders

    Sholl now lives in an apartment in New York City, and has escaped the genetic legacy associated with compulsive hoarding. She has taken her desire to avoid clutter to the extreme. "When I get to the bottom of a shampoo bottle, I'm excited. I toss things out and I get kind of a high from it," she said. She barely has any photos and says she cannot find her graduate school diploma or her high school journals.
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  • Children of Hoarders

    Jason Brunet now lives in Seattle. He says he worried about being a hoarder himself after realizing that he had amassed a huge amount of "junk," but was relieved to discover that he has no difficulty throwing things out. He is now pursuing a career in music. He rarely visits his mother, but said her hoard has once again started to accumulate.
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